It’s one thing to prepare for a major storm: There’s so much to remember and include on your list, in terms of supplies to stock around the house or pack in an emergency bag. But it’s quite another to ready yourself for a severe weather situation when you have a new baby in tow.
In addition to the usual items included in a basic disaster supplies kit -- which, if you’re not familiar with those, check out this list here -- here are a few considerations to keep in mind if there’s an infant in your family.
-- Stock up on batteries -- lots and lots of batteries.
Maybe the baby naps or hangs out in some type of rocker that you usually plug in to a wall. You’ll want to make sure you have plenty of batteries, in case your home loses power. Or if you’re nursing and sometimes use a breast pump, you’ll want to check to see if your pump can take batteries instead of plugging in to an electrical outlet. Obviously, whether you’re a new parent or not, you’d want to make sure you have a way to charge your phone. Luckily, there are battery packs for that. Anyway, we can think of about a million reasons why you’d want to stockpile batteries, especially as a new parent, so take our word for it.
-- Speaking of nursing and pumping: If that’s something you’re doing, great!
Feeding the baby directly is wonderful in case of a power outage, because you don’t have to worry about preparing formula, or keeping expressed breast milk properly stored and refrigerated. Just keep yourself fed and hydrated, keep that baby close, and the experts say you shouldn't worry about making enough milk for your son or daughter. The body will do what it's supposed to do. If you’re pumping, it might be smart to snag a manual pump, as well, or know how to hand-express your milk. And perhaps grab a cooler for it, too, so that you'll be able to bottle and store that liquid gold.
Oh, and even if you’ve bought batteries, sometimes those pumps burn through them way faster than you’d imagine. Expect the unexpected and keep a manual pump on hand, just to play it safe. You don’t want to get in a bind if baby’s fast asleep for the night and you need to relieve some pressure.
-- And if you’re formula feeding, that’s great, too. Just make sure you have everything you need.